... that means we can officially cross Miami off the list.
OT: Stephen A. Smith: Lebron, Bosh, Wade to Miami
Stephen A Smith is one name I havnt heard in awhile. Chris Webber and Jalan Rose should run all NBA commentary
doesn't deserve to have a team that's that stacked.
/Agreed, at least for basketball
I'm mostly shocked at ESPN sticking to their report all 3 met in Miami this weekend when LeBron was in NYC all weekend. Maybe it was a late Sunday thing, but other reports put Wade in Chicago last weekend, so I'm not sure there's any reason to buy this.
I live down here, and it's absurd. I didn't grow up in South Florida and I'm not particularly a fan of any of the teams, but I like to go to a game every now and then, especially if one of my hometown teams is playing.
A couple of weeks ago we went to a Marlins-Brewers game on a Thursday. Now, the Crew aren't the biggest draw in MLB, but still. 1) We paid $25 apiece to sit eight rows behind home. 2) Yes, it rained for a bit in the beginning, but there were 2,500 fans at the stadium if there were any. My parents turned on the TV to see and said that when they went to a Wednesday night game in MKE in late May (vs. the Pirates, I think), there were 30,000 people. Miami has about 8x as many people as the Milwaukee metropolitan area.
Same goes for Heat games, surprisingly few people. If my team were playing the Dolphins, I might go, but I don't see myself spending money on going to a game there otherwise.
On the one hand, I think all of the NFL's griping about Sun Life as an inadequate venue for the Super Bowl is pretty silly, it's not that bad. But on the other hand, why keep awarding the premier football event to such a bad sports city? (Because it's warm and has great nightlife, is why.)
Stephen A Smith is still alive?
I just don't see this happening
What's the word on whether or not he still likes cheez doodles?
QUITE FRANKLY, YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT I STILL FIND THEM DELICIOUS
I believe it's about the winning and not the money when something like this happens for real.
Lebron James is a free agent?
He is absolutely not a free agent until if he chooses to opt out july 1 and until then any team that contacts him will be severely punished.
Pat Riley will snake his way back into the coaching position. That way when they win he can steal all the credit again!!
I could absoultely see that happening.
But only after the All Star break. Wouldn't want to coach a whole year when you can get all the credit for half.
I'm shocked Stephen A. doesn't tweet in ALL CAPS
EVERYTHING HE SAYS IS IMPORTANT!
Doesn't the NBA have a cap? If so, I highly doubt this will happen.
Then again the Celtics managed to pull it off (albiet not quite as high profile of a scale)
The Heat are actually in a good position to pull this off. I believe they're 44 million under the cap, so they could sign three max-contract players.
This cap information is right - they can't sign three max guys. At least two would have to take less money, which a) they won't do so they can go be second and third bananas to D-Wade, and b) would screw everybody else in the player's association because it affects the "average salary" calculation:
I'll take league minimum to stand on the bench and wave a towel around.
First and foremost, thanks for taking the time to research the relevant information in order for this scenario to happen.
In regards to the cap, the projected value for the upcoming season is $56.1 million, so getting quality players to fill the remainder of the roster would be difficult. However, don't forget about the cap exceptions (mid-level, bi-annual, etc.) that allow a team to go over the cap. Also, I'm not that familiar with how the luxury tax works, but if the team is OK with paying the tax, couldn't they pursue more talented (and more expensive) players?
Chris Broussard from ESPN was saying that this will work if all three take somewhere around 14.7 mil per year or so. Still not sure if they would do it, but Wade and LeBron have revenue from Nike, cell phones, etc, so their contracts might not be as big of a deal. Bosh on the other hand may look to strike it rich now while he can as he is not nearly as marketable.
I need to find a line of work in which $14.7 million a year doesn't qualify as striking it rich.
I'm pretty sure KG and Ray Allen weren't max cap players. I'm not even 75% sure, but otherwise I don't think that would've been possible.
I don't really follow NBA too much, but what about cap space? Did they just unload lots of players to get enough space to sign Lebron and Bosh and resign Wade?
I believe they now only have two players under contract, not including Wade.
I think the Heat have like 3 players on next year's roster right now.
Hes just voicing an opinion (IMHO) and trying to get people to call his show. Not buying it.
The Jay-Z Brooklyn Nyets apparently unloaded Yi on Washington (who is now collecting the cap-clearing unloads) to be completed July 8 like the Hinrich deal. Puts the Nets on similar footing as the Bulls for cap space.
The downside? They're still playing in New Jersey for the next few years. Although a LeBron acquisition would undoubtedly kickstart the Brooklyn development
I don't think it's that far of a stretch they wouldn't all demand to be max players. I could see Bosh getting the max salary because he doesn't have any major endorsment deals that I know of, then Lebron and Wade signing for less to make it work. With the money Lebron and Wade make off of endorsments I really don't think 2-3 million would be a deal breaker. They would make that money up in no time with bigger endorsment deals after they start winning multiple championships. Lebron makes more money from endorsments then he does from playing basketball as it is.
As a Heat fan, OMG if this happened.
It's my understanding that Miami can go over the cap to resign Wade since he was their player before. It's just that Miami would have to pay the luxury tax, which they'd welcome if they could get all 3 guys. Not sure how true this is, but I know I read it somewhere, sometime.
I feel like this is turning into Conference Expansion 2.0
All these rumors are out about what's going to happen and who's going where. I guess we'll find out in a few short days what's happening.
I think the Heat have a lot going for them in terms of D-Wade, Pat Riley, and a lot of cap space for potential players. I just doubt that Lebron is going to make his choice South Beach.
you need some cheese doodles!
I tried to, but it didn't work for whatever reason, I probably did something wrong, but whatever
I went to the NBA Draft for four straight years. I can't explain to you the amount of fun you can have heckling the ESPN guys, particularly Stephen A. Smith. My favorite though, was Mike Tirico who once got so upset by my friend mocking his constant requests to have his face powdered that he just started screaming, "WHAT'S YOUR PROBLEM, MAN? WHAT'S YOUR PROBLEM?" until he was ejected from MSG. He deserved it, but man it was funny.
considered better, but the last time this happen the Pistons killed a star studded team. That consisted of Shaq, Kobe, Gary Payton, and Karl Malone.
Payton and Malone were on their last legs. These three guys would all be in their prime.
Don't forget NJ
Devin Harris, Courney Lee, LeBron, Bosh, Brook Lopez. Favors and Terrance Williams off the bench.
Lopez is a pretty important draw for the Nets.
NJ just got rid of Yi and now have $30M in cap space. That is just behind the Knicks and more than Miami or Chicago. They can't have two full max players but they are close. The Knicks have no one on their roster. The Nets are only really paying Devin Harris and $3M to Kris Humphries. Everyone else is on a rookie contract and they didn't go that high in the draft outside of Favors.
is the worst sports town in the country.
Not true. The Dolphins have a lot of support, the Heat have more than the average franchise and the Marlins were really popular until Huizinga's fire sale killed all that good will.